I’ve had a forty-year love affair with the Canadian progressive (?) rock band, RUSH. They were one of the first bands I sort of “discovered” on my own through the radio. RUSH was also the first band for which I looked “back” to earlier albums, when I had caught up on what they had released in real time. I listened to whole albums over and over and over again, like so many teenagers did at the time. Like they still do maybe, even in this era of digital music and single song access.
It was a love affair with Rush. It still is.
I’ve seen the band maybe ten times in my life; nothing like true “fanatics”, I suppose, but I still consider myself a RushHead (a play on the famous musical fan term, “DeadHead,” for fans of the Grateful Dead). I once traveled to their hometown of Toronto to see them play live, at the Molson Amphitheatre. It was EPIC.
So after 45 years of music, the trio — Bass/Vocals Geddy Lee, Guitar Alex Lifeson, and Drummer/Lyricist Neil Peart — have pretty well hung it up. That was actually announced last year. So make that 44 years together. And make that 19 studio albums. And make that 11 live albums.
As summarized so succinctly in Wikipedia, “The band released its eponymous debut album in March 1974. Since then, they have achieved 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics also place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.”
The love affair will continue, even if they have ceased playing live. In fact, I’ll be seeing the latest iteration of the band’s music and performance history in a “one-night only” movie viewing tonight (Wednesday, 21 August), when I go with a couple buddies and my brother to see “Cinema Strangiato”.
Will have a follow up post to share the experience and further celebrate maybe the longest continuous musical relationship I’ve had. THANK GOD.
Indulging is GOOD, when you’re into the right stuff.